There are many family-friendly activities for those wanting to spend time outdoors this summer in Magnolia and Tomball's farms and gardens.
Matt Family Orchard
Juicy blackberries and sweet figs are ripe for picking at Matt Family Orchard in Tomball. The 35-acre orchard offers the public a chance to pick fruit from its crop on Mondays, Wednesday and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Blackberries are $3.75 a pound and figs are $4.25 a pound.
"Blackberries are still coming in strong," said owner Rick Matt, who runs the orchard. "They're delicious; they are big and plump and they're full of juice."
Matt said he anticipates the blackberries to be pickable for another two or three weeks. However, fig season has just begun, he said.
"We're having a good season with the figs," Matt said. "We have six different varieties. We only started picking them last week. They haven't reached their peak yet."
The orchard also sells honey made from its 80 beehives.
"The honey is pure, with nothing added," Matt said.
The Calendar Garden
The Calendar Garden in Magnolia is having a butterfly day July 11 where attendees can learn how to attract butterflies to their yards. The event offers a crafting station where children make a caterpillar out of stones. Children also receive a caterpillar to take home to watch morph into a butterfly. The cost is $6 per child. To reserve a spot, call 281-259-8555.
The Calendar Garden offers weekly gardening classes for children in first through sixth grades every Tuesday at 10 a.m. To reserve a spot in the class, call 281-259-8555. Classes are $5 each.
Matt Family Orchard, 21110 Bauer Hockley Road, Tomball, 281-351-7676, www.mattfamilyorchard.com
The Calendar Garden, 30730 Old Hockley Road, Magnolia, 281-259-8555, www.calendargarden.com